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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 20th Sep 2017

News Highlights
Millions of flu vaccines uniquely made in Holly Springs Flu season begins in October and at the Holly Springs site of Seqirus, their work is already done. Over the last six months, researchers developed 21 million doses of flu vaccines which are now being distributed to hospitals, doctors' offices, pharmacies, and government agencies
$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research CSL has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus
CSL: Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for use in people five years of age and older
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu Vaccine in Older Adults Novavax announced the enrolment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix- adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults. The primary objective of the trial is to assess the safety and immunogenicity of two concentrations (15 µg or 60 µg) of NanoFlu compared to Fluzone High-Dose
InDevR licenses Mount Sinai influenza antibodies for VaxArray neuraminidase potency assay InDevR has entered into an exclusive, world-wide license agreement for monoclonal antibodies developed by scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The license agreement will provide InDevR with a unique set of anti-neuraminidase monoclonal antibodies for rapid, subtype specific quantification of neuraminidase in the multiplexed VaxArray system
Johnson & Johnson, BARDA join forces to prep for pandemic flu, inking deal for vaccine and drug R&D After seeing recent deadly outbreaks catch medical communities off guard, vaccine experts may be happy to see a new collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and a U.S. development agency take shape: the groups have paired up for pandemic flu preparedness, focusing on a vaccine program and other flu drug candidates from J&J
Why Australia May Be ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Flu Season Australia’s carefree attitude toward preventive medicine may have met its match: the flu. Michael Gannon, the president of the Australian Medical Association, said the country was “woefully unprepared” for the pandemic flu outbreak and pointed to the low rate at which people receive their flu shots
10,000 vaccine shield against H1N1 trigger With a steady increase in swine flu cases across Telangana, the state health department is now gearing up for a possible swine flu 'outbreak'. Panic-struck health department officials are procuring 10,000 doses of the trivalent vaccine to combat the current strain of H1N1 (Michigan) virus
A shot in the arm Thailand’s vaccine factory in Saraburi province is now near completion. It is expected to produce the first batch of flu vaccine in 2020. Operated by the GPO, this is Thailand's first manufacturing centre for flu shots
Flu Vaccine Saves Kids' Lives: What to Tell Reluctant Parents A new study from the CDC is the first of its kind to show that influenza vaccination reduced children's risk of dying from influenza and its complications. The study reinforces the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that all children aged 6 months or older be vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine each year
Push to make flu vaccine free for children after Rosie's tragic death In Australia, a plan to make the influenza vaccine free for children is being considered by health authorities after the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl. Victoria's deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said that Australia needed to discuss making the flu vaccination free for all children
Seqirus mentions
Millions of flu vaccines uniquely made in Holly Springs
Flu season begins in October and at the Holly Springs site of Seqirus, their work is already done. Over the last six months, researchers developed 21 million doses of flu vaccines which are now being distributed to hospitals, doctors' offices, pharmacies, and government agencies
$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research
CSL has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus
CSL: Seqirus Receives FDA Approval of AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for People Five Years of Age and Older in the U.S
Seqirus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AFLURIA QUADRIVALENT for use in people five years of age and older
Pandemic Influenza News
UK sounds the avian flu all-clear
Following outbreaks of avian influenza at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, the government's chief vet has announced that the UK has met international requirements to declare itself once again free from the disease
Industry News
Grant of $ 5.8 million for vaccine development is to be used to protect against avian influenza through the "Immune History" project - a collaboration co-sponsored by EpiVax
EpiVax announced a new NIH-funded collaboration to develop a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. EpiVax's first-generation engineered H7N9 product is currently under clinical trial in Adelaide, Australia
New mum critical as doctors call for for super flu vaccine
A young mother is fighting for her life after contracting a powerful flu strain. She is the latest victim in a deepening crisis that has prompted Health Minister Greg Hunt and the nation’s top doctor to investigate “new and strengthened vaccines” available overseas, such as Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone High Dose
Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial of NanoFlu Vaccine in Older Adults
Novavax announced the enrolment of the first participant in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its nanoparticle influenza vaccine candidate including its proprietary Matrix- adjuvant (NanoFlu) in older adults. The primary objective of the trial is to assess the safety and immunogenicity of two concentrations (15 µg or 60 µg) of NanoFlu compared to Fluzone High-Dose
InDevR licenses Mount Sinai influenza antibodies for VaxArray neuraminidase potency assay
InDevR has entered into an exclusive, world-wide license agreement for monoclonal antibodies developed by scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The license agreement will provide InDevR with a unique set of anti-neuraminidase monoclonal antibodies for rapid, subtype specific quantification of neuraminidase in the multiplexed VaxArray system
FluGen Announces Expanded Role for Clinical Advisory Board: Dr. Robert Belshe to Chair
FluGen announced that Dr. Robert Belshe was named Chairman of the Company’s Clinical Advisory Board, and that it is expanding the roles of all members of the CAB to guide the company through the clinical development of RedeeFlu, a novel intranasal flu vaccine that mimics natural infection without causing illness
Johnson & Johnson, BARDA join forces to prep for pandemic flu, inking deal for vaccine and drug R&D
After seeing recent deadly outbreaks catch medical communities off guard, vaccine experts may be happy to see a new collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and a U.S. development agency take shape: the groups have paired up for pandemic flu preparedness, focusing on a vaccine program and other flu drug candidates from J&J
A shot in the arm
Thailand’s vaccine factory in Saraburi province is now near completion. It is expected to produce the first batch of flu vaccine in 2020. Operated by the GPO, this is Thailand's first manufacturing centre for flu shots
No FluMist again this year (and answers to your other flu vaccine questions)
The nasal flu mist vaccine is once again not available this year, due to its ineffectiveness two years ago
Academic studies
MIT Creates Delayed Vaccination Capsules
MIT has recently invented a fabrication method for a new type of container in which multiple doses of drugs or vaccines can be stored. This means that the doses could be released at various times after the initial injection
Evidence for Cross-species Influenza A Virus Transmission within Swine Farms, China: A One Health, Prospective Cohort Study
A study found data suggesting that stronger surveillance for novel influenza virus emergence within swine farms is imperative
Flu Vaccine Saves Kids' Lives: What to Tell Reluctant Parents
A new study from the CDC is the first of its kind to show that influenza vaccination reduced children's risk of dying from influenza and its complications. The study reinforces the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that all children aged 6 months or older be vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine each year
Pediatric influenza news
Family of eight-year-old Melbourne girl who died of flu call for immunisation
The family of an eight-year-old Melbourne girl who died of the flu have urged other parents to vaccinate their children. Between 3% and 5% of children are being vaccinated for the flu currently in Australia
Push to make flu vaccine free for children after Rosie's tragic death
In Australia, a plan to make the influenza vaccine free for children is being considered by health authorities after the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl. Victoria's deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said that Australia needed to discuss making the flu vaccination free for all children
Primary school children offered flu vaccination
Vaccination against flu will be available for primary school children of all ages for the first time in Jersey this year. The Health Department in Jersey wants to increase vaccinations during the autumn and winter months particularly among those most 'at risk'
Here's How Many Kids Go Without A Flu Shot Each Year
Despite the annual push from the medical community to get that potentially life-saving flu shot, too many kids continue to go without it each year
Over 65’s influenza news
Mount Gambier aged-care homes in lockdown after outbreak of influenza A
In Australia, a deadly outbreak of influenza A has claimed the life of an elderly resident and forced two Mount Gambier nursing homes into lockdown. Three people have died at Boandik Lodge since the outbreak nine days ago, with one death confirmed after they had contracted the virus
General Influenza News
Chaos over vaccination rules in the provinces – first day of school sees three children excluded
In Tuscany, the rules over compulsory vaccinations for children before they can attend school are causing chaos as they are being interpreted differently by various bodies
Fears over impact of flu on the NHS this winter
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season in the southern hemisphere was a pointer to the pressure which could build up in the NHS this winter, and to get flu vaccines
Why Australia May Be ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Flu Season
Australia’s carefree attitude toward preventive medicine may have met its match: the flu. Michael Gannon, the president of the Australian Medical Association, said the country was “woefully unprepared” for the pandemic flu outbreak and pointed to the low rate at which people receive their flu shots
Flu jab explained – vaccine side effects, how to get a free NHS jab at Boots, Tesco and Asda and is it safe when pregnant
A reminder of where British people can get flu shots and what potential side effects they may experience
Thousands of health staff in East Lancashire to be vaccinated against Flu
At the beginning of October, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will begin vaccinating more than 7,500 hospital and community NHS staff to protect patients, staff and the public against flu.Last year, the trust vaccinated 86.1 per cent of its staff, the second highest for acute trusts in the country
Survey: More Americans Getting Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults say they get the flu vaccine each year or plan to get one in 2017, according to a July 2017 survey by Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy
Number of companies offering flu jab vouchers trebles in five years
In the UK, Bupa has seen a 353% increase in the number of employers providing employees with flu jab vouchers as part of their corporate health and benefits package
Future of fatal flu season unknown, says Health Minister Jill Hennessy
In Australia, the deadly flu season which has caused heartbreak in Border areas such as Wangraatta and Cobram may not be over yet, and people are still advised to get vaccinated
Burden of disease
Flu season starting early after spike of cases at the University of Arizona
A spike in flu cases at the University of Arizona is signalling an early start to the flu season. The State Health Director Cara Christ says the latest vaccine is just starting to come into the state, but a lot of places don't start holding flu clinics until September or October
Flu arrives early in Maine
The flu has arrived earlier than usual in Maine this season, prompting health officials to ramp up their annual push for vaccination against the illness
Influenza season in New Zealand declared over
In New Zealand, Medical Officer of Health, Dr Felicity Dumble, has officially declared the Waikato influenza season over. "The number of influenza viruses circulating locally and nationally has reached the threshold for determining the end of the 2017 influenza season" said Dr Dumble
10,000 vaccine shield against H1N1 trigger
With a steady increase in swine flu cases across Telangana, the state health department is now gearing up for a possible swine flu 'outbreak'. Panic-struck health department officials are procuring 10,000 doses of the trivalent vaccine to combat the current strain of H1N1 (Michigan) virus